In February 2012, three members of the band began performing the song in a Moscow cathedral; security pounced on them and threw them out, but this was not the end of it, and they ended up facing trial - not for crimes against music - but for "premeditated hooliganism performed by organized group of people motivated by religious hatred or hostility".
Where a fine or even a short prison sentence would have sufficed, the gross over-reaction of the Russian authorities, including an extensive pre-trial remand, led to an otherwise trivial incident becoming a cause célèbre
When Madonna gave a concert in Moscow, she donned one of their trademark masks and performed "Like A Virgin
" with the band's name scrawled across her back. This led to her being branded a moralising slut by one senior Russian official.